We even tell how to make the cushions! Believed to have originated with William Morris, father of the English Arts and Crafts movement, the so-called Morris chair combines comfort with simply stated good looks. True to form, our version features loose cushions, curved arms, and an adjustable back. A separate downloadable plan is available for the matching coffee table and ottoman.
This classic Arts and Crafts furniture piece uses easy, straightforward construction methods, like wide rails from the rear to front legs instead of the typical multitude of spindles. So there will not be near as many mortise drilling as usual. And the gentle curves of the wide arms is easily achieved with a shop made jig you will make.. we show show you all the how-to details.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a Morris chair. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
If you have any doubts, I can assure you that this roomy Morris chair is just as comfortable as it looks. With its wide stance, thick cushions and reclining back, it is made for relaxing. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
This free video has more than 1 hour of instructions on how to build a bow-arm Morris Chair. Useful techniques for bent lamination, mortise-and-tenon joinery, and making a leg with four quartersawn faces.
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